Eros Ramazzotti (full name: Eros Walter Luciano Ramazzotti) is an Italian singer, songwriter and musician. He was born in 1963 near Rome, the capital of Italy. When he was just seven years old, he learned to play the guitar . From very early on, his dad encouraged his aspirations about a career as a pop star. His father was a construction worker as well as aspiring artist that wrote songs in his free time. He never really made it as a musician though. When he was a teenager, Eros Ramazzotti tried to get into a famous music conservatory in Rome. He was not accepted. For a short while he pursued another career (bookkeeping of all things!), but never finished this education. Instead, he recommitted to become a musician.
He participated in the Castrocaro Music Festival, also known as Concorso per Voci Nuove, where executives of a record label saw him perform and gave him his first recording contract. In 1984, Eros Ramazzotti participated at and won in the Newcomers’ category at the famous and very popular Sanremo Music Festival. The winning song was Terra Promessa (Promised Land). Like for so many other Italian international superstars (like Laura Pausini), his success at Sanremo really launched his career – nationally and internationally.
He returned to Sanremo many times in the following years and started releasing his songs and albums also abroad. Soon he was an international star. To this day, he is most popular in his native Italy, in Germany and in Switzerland as well as Spain and Latin America. His popularity in the Spanish-speaking countries can at least partially be attributed to the fact that starting with his third album (In Certi Momenti), he always published two albums: one in Italian and one in Spanish. Especially at the very beginning, the Spanish albums were more popular than the Italian ones.
After a while he also achieved a lot of success in the US. In fact, he was the first Italian singer to perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Despite a packed house, he was supposedly disappointed that “only” Americans of Italian descent saw this performance – rather than the broader American public. Read this fun article by the New York Times from back then about how he was described in the US media and how his entry in the US market was seen. They seemed a little sceptical at the beginning… Obviously by now we know he absolutely succeeded in conquering also that market.
Eros Ramazzotti has a daughter, Aurora Sophie, with his former spouse Michelle Hunziker to whom he was married between 1998 and 2002. In 2014 he married Marica Pellegrinelli with whom he has a daughter, Raffaela Maria, and a son, Gabrio Tullio. The family lives in Milan. Eros Ramazzotti is quite private about his family life. Considering the fame some of them have achieved in their own right, that is quite the feat.
His first wife, Michelle Hunziker, is a quite famous television hostess in Italy. She is also an actress, model and singer. Her daughter Aurora seems to be following in her footsteps and has performed with her mom a few times. Aurora is quite the TV personality nowadays and appears regularly on the shows “Vuoi scommettere?” (co-hosted with her mother) and “X Factor”. She also seems to have inherited her Dad Eros’ talents. Check out this cute video that Aurora posted on her Instagram where she and her Dad are riding in a car and singing a song Eros Ramazzotti wrote just before she was born:
- Most successful albums: Noi (2012), Ali e Radici (2009), 21.00: Eros Live World Tour 2009/2010 (2010), E2 (2007)
- Most successful singles: Più bella cosa (1996), Un angelo disteso al sole (2012), Sei un pensiero speciale (2015), Noi Siamo Soli (2008)
Career Outside of Singing
Eros Ramazzotti has appeared in several movies as an extra, including Federico Fellini’s “Amarcord”. He has also written a book about his life: Grazie di cuore. La mia vita in trentanni di musica.
- His parents named him after Eros, the Greek god of love.
- Despite being from Rome, he is a huge fan of soccer club Juventus (from Turin).
- He has four tattoos, one dedicated to his daughter Aurora.
- During his long career, Eros Ramazzotti has collaborated with a lot of international stars. Here are a few of the most famous examples:
- Anastacia (song: I Belong to You (Il ritmo della passione))
- Andrea Bocelli (songs: Musica è and Nel cuore lei)
- Cher (song: Più che puoi)
- Joe Cocker (song: That’s all I need to know/Difenderò)
- Luciano Pavarotti (song: Se bastasse una canzone) – one of my absolute favorites!
- Ricky Martin (song: Non siamo soli)
- Tina Turner (song: Cose della Vita (Can’t stop thinking of you)). Spike Lee directed the video for this song. Check it out here:
To learn more about Eros Ramazzotti visit the artist’s official website. Or read his official biography written by Luca Bianchini here: Eros. Lo giuro.
This post was brought to you in collaboration with regular guest author Magdalena Osiejewicz. Magdalena was born in Poland and lives in South Africa. She has a great passion for learning languages – apart from her native language and English she speaks Italian and French fluently. Italian is Magdalena’s favorite language and she loves the Italian food and people. She has lived in Palermo and in Bologna.
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